Summary: I bought this my Kodak Z981 on sale in Feb. 2011. I needed a replacement for my old Lumix and since my wife had previously owned a Kodak digital camera which took great photos, I decided to try this camera. I was impressed with the specs but was particularly interested in the fact that it was capable of taking HD video. In fact, all the promos for this camera exalted this capability.
Summary: I called the seller since the return policy was 7 days on the day after I received the camera. The shutter speed is very slow, the camera is very noisy and my older Kodak blows this away in picture quality. I am not happy with the camera at all. I was looking forward to this purchase. The multi shots do not stop the motion clear. My other Kodak (Z series about 3 years old) could snap a shot mid motion and it was clear!!
Excerpt: While this fits your hand like a small DSLR, it is cheap feeling and doesn't perform that quickly in focusing or in burst mode. The colors are okay but not as good as my actual DSLR camera. Even the burst mode is faster on my better camera. Switching settings so that a decent photo comes out takes far too long compared to other Kodaks I've had in the past. This one is going back today and I'll save my money for a better second DSLR camera.
Summary: Have u checked your red saturation? My reds from my z981 are totally oversaturated, and hence without detail. Kodak said they heard of no other complaints of this nature. In smart mode, various other modes replace it in scenes that are not appropriate to the mode. I have a Z712 which has worked flawlessly for several years now. I bought this z981 based on the tremendous detail rendition even at low light levels of the z712, but this has not been the case with the z981.
Summary: Kodak EasyShare Z981 14MP Digital Camera with Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon 26x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom Lens and 3.0 Inch LCD I own the Z981is and just sold the Z1015 to buy this one. So far not as impressed with it as with the Z981. Problems as follows: 1) can not shutoff auto preview!!! holding the button helps but not a fix! Very slow between pictures. could be fixed with a firmware update but tech support likes the feature as it is!
A Disappointment After Previous Offerings From Kodak
Capt I. McRae "The Ancient Mariner", Amazon
5 April 2011
Summary: Having had two Kodak bridge cameras before, the DX7590 and the Z1012IS, I upgraded yet again to the Z981 for the extra pixels. When the camera came I was a bit disappointed in it. With my other Kodaks I have been stunned at the quality of the images I could take with them, and I suppose the Z981 with its superb Schneider Kreuznach lens will be as good. However there are a couple of things that are annoying about this Z981.
KODAK EASYSHARE Z981 14 MP DİJİTAL FOTOĞRAF MAKİNESİ
1 July 2011
Summary: Makina güzel eksik olanı şarzını kalem pillerle olması çok kısa gidiyor. Uzun süre şarz etmek gerekiyor. Şarz aleti 110 volt 220 olması için yeni şarz aleti yada çevirici gerekiyor,çantası yok hafıza kartı yok. Arızalansa amerikaya göndermek gerekli. Kargo parası dünyanın parası zaten çokda doğru bir alışveriş değil doğrusu,satıcı güvenilir birisi kısa sürede gönderdi teşekkür edeim satıcıyada.